Democrat Abrams in pitch to become governor says Georgia under GOP 'worst state in the country'

Abrams narrowly lost her 2018 governor bid to now-GOP Gov. Brian Kemp, who is seeking reelection, setting up possible rematch

Updated: May 23, 2022 - 8:45am

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Georgia Democrats' pick for governor, Stacy Abrams, is running unopposed in the state's primary Tuesday and is already in general election mode – saying this past weekend the Republican-led state is the "worst state in the country." 

"I am tired of hearing about how we're the best state in the country to do business when we are the worst state in the country to live," Abrams said Saturday night at the Gwinnett Democrats’ Bluetopia Gala in Norcross, according to the Daily Wire.

Abrams acknowledged that state Republican, who say Georgia is the best in the nation for doing business, might use the comment against her, an apparent nod that she made it to excite her liberal base. 

"When you're No. 48 for mental health, when we're No. 1 for maternal mortality, when you have an incarceration rate that is on the rise and wages are on the decline, then you are not the No. 1 place to live, said Abrams, whose nationwide get-the-vote effort has made her national political star.

Abrams will face the winner of Tuesday night's GOP primary between incumbent Gov. Brian Kemp and challenger David Perdue, a former Georgia Republican senator.

Abrams in 2018 narrowly lost to Kemp, who most polls show has a double-digit lead over Perdue.

“Stacey Abrams may think differently, but I believe Georgia is the best state to live, work, and raise a family,” Kemp tweeted in response.

Though Abrams' name recognition and national support have increase since the last matchup, major political handicappers, including the Cook Political Report, show it as either a "toss-up" or "leaning Republican."